A study published in the journal Basic and Clinical Andrology says, a non-pharmaceutical, non-toxic gel, has proven to be an effective male contraceptive on the rhesus macaque. This gel may substitute the invasive procedure, vasectomy, when it kept the monkeys sterile for more than two-and-a-half years!
There's a great chance that Vasalgel™ may replace vasectomy (c) The Plaid Zebra
Researchers at the California National Primate Research Center at UC Davis studied the effects of Vasalgel™ in monkeys, and learned that the drug could be an alternative to vasectomy in humans. Though vasectomy is reversible, the procedure is costly and more complicated than the said gel.
“And even then, it’s not that you’re back up to speed again, if you know what I mean,” Dr. Catherine VandeVoort, the paper’s lead author, told the Inverse.
“It doesn’t reverse to 100 percent of pre-vasectomy function. And [while] a vasectomy can be performed by many physicians, reverse vasectomy is a very specialized surgery. At UC Davis, we have a urologist who specializes in doing almost nothing but reversals.”
Vasalgel™ is a “high molecular weight polymer,” which means it is highly viscous. It works by sealing the vas deferens (the sperm tunnel connecting the testicles to the urethra) for years, perhaps even for decades.
How the gel works (c) Parsemus Foundation
“Certainly injecting the [vas deferens] is much less traumatic than what you have to do for a vasectomy, crushing it with a clamp instrument or taking a long section and cauterizing it," VandeVoot said.
“I think it’s really important that we provide men with some new contraceptive options."
The gel has been proven safe and effective to monkeys and rabbits. Expert's next move is to know how long it lasts, and if it's reversible.
Researchers said that they also intend to determine the gel's effect overtime even after being reversed. Meaning, they ought to know if a man who had the gel removed after five years would experience the same return compared to a man who had it removed after two.
Now that we have known all this, we may now remove those vas deferens and vasectomy images we had while reading this news. Albeit, cheers to more contraceptive for men!